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We went tree planting this week! A number of weeks ago, Lebanon was plagued by a large number of forest fires. We usually have some forest fires in summer, because it does not rain at all in summer. However, this year was particularly bad. The students of Ms. Rishani organized a bake sale, and with the money ($510) they earned, they bought 84 trees.
And this week, all the grade 5 classes went up to the mountains (which is about 25 kilometers away from school) to plant these trees in a forest near the village of Deir el-Qamar. This region was particularly hit hard by the fires. And so we got to plant pine trees and olive trees.
What was interesting was that we found a lot of limestone in the area. We are currently studying the “Theory of Continental Drift’ in science, and learned that limestone is formed at the bottom of warm, shallow seas and is composed entirely of fossilized marine creatures, everything from plankton to clams and fish. We also found some flint, which our early ancestors used to make stone tools with (a topic we study in social studies). And so we made connections to lots of subject areas.
It was a fun trip. Rhea’s dad, who accompanied us on the trip, did get a head ache though from our loud talking on the bus.
Article posted December 5, 2007 at 03:12 AM •
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